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SHC warns IGP Sindh for delaying DNA procedure in rape cases

February 13, 2020

KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Thursday expressed disappointment over the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Dr Kaleem Imam over delaying the DNA test process in probe of rape cases in the province.

A SHC bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, while hearing a petition seeking strict punishment for accused involved in sexual abuse of women, summoned the IGP Sindh and secretary home to appear in person.

The bench asked them as to why reforms were not made, and delay is still there in registering cases of rape victims.

The counsel of a victim claimed that the police was demanding them money for giving them DNA test reports.

The court asked the secretary home if there is an issue of fund release.

The counsel said that laws were made by the provincial authorities but their implementation process id delayed. He said even witnesses are yet to given protection.

The judge observed that there is no screening process in the rape cases.

IGP Sindh said the DNA tests were performed in several rape cases and the police are acting upon standard operating procedures (SOPs).

IGP said Karachi and Jamshoro universities are conducting the DNA tests from their own funds, and he was completely following some 760 rape cases registered across the province.

The court while referring to a particular case said that the IO did not got conducted a DNA test in the case for six months despite their is particular timeframe for this test.

The SHC judge remarked: “It looks that you people are damaging the cases and then people will hold responsible courts for freeing the accused.’’

The court warned the police authorities against their non-serious behavior. ‘’How a conviction could be made in such cases if there is a delay of two years in DNA reports,’’ the court observed.

The IGP Sindh assures the court to submit a detailed report regarding progress in all rape cases so far registered in the province.

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